Desperate Measures were Christchurch's answer to pop punk, a couple of years
after the whole Sex Pistols thing, but they were fun and had a few good songs
for all the punk posturing. They had a reasonably heavy following, or it seemed
so at the time.
The band featured Eugene Butcher - Vocals (now doing something in multimedia
in London where he has lived for 10 years), Eric Vandenhoven - Bass Guitar (now
doing Chef things in Auckland, later of Evasive Action, Southern Front, Iceland,
Champion Beat), Shane - Guitar (now runs an Auckland recording studio), Greg
The band managed to record and self release a 4 song EP 1984, as well as a live-to-multitrack
set which ended up as the first Failsafe Records release, Wasted
Again (B/W Unauthorised)
As with many rough punk bands the Measures spawned a number of talented musicians,
notably Eric Vandenhoven, whose inventive bass playing went on to encourage and
influence many local musicians.